THE Shiv Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday demolished “illegal alterations” at the Bandra bungalow of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, a civic official said. Later in the day, Bombay High Court stayed the demolition process and sought to know how the civic body entered the property when the owner was not present. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla was hearing a petition filed by Ranaut in the morning, challenging the notice issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for “illegal construction” at her bungalow.
The petition also sought a stay on the demolition process. The High Court sought to know from the BMC how it entered the premises, and directed it to file an affidavit in response to the plea. The court posted the matter for hearing on Thursday. The 33-year-old actor, who reached here later in the day, has alleged that the Maharashtra Government is targeting her because of her fight with the Shiv Sena The demolition work began shortly after 11 am, the official told PTI.
Earlier in the day, the BMC posted a second notice outside her bungalow, informing her of the action being taken by the civic body, he said. A BMC team reached the bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra with bulldozer and excavators and demolished alterations made sans the civic body’s approval. “I am never wrong and my enemies prove again and again this is why my Mumbai is PoK now,” Kangana tweeted, soon after the demolition work began. She also posted photos of BMC staff engaged in the demolition work.
Trouble has mounted for Kangana as the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday said that the police will probe allegations that she took drugs, while alterations made at her bungalow came under the civic body’s scanner. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the Mumbai Police will probe allegations by actor Adhyayan Suman that Ranaut took drugs.
Kangana back in Mumbai
MUMBAI : BOLLYWOOD actor Kangana Ranaut landed here from her home State Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, amid protests by Shiv Sena workers at the airport over her remarks on Mumbai Police. On her arrival, she was taken to her residence in suburban Khar amid tight security, a police official said. Kangana, who flew from Chandigarh by a scheduled commercial flight, landed at Mumbai around 2.30 pm. Sena workers with black flags were seen outside the airport, shouting slogans against her.
Workers of the RPI (A) and Karni Sena, who also gathered there, raised slogans in her support. RPI (A) leader and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale had declared that his party workers will protect Kangana while she is in Mumbai. All these workers gathered at the Terminal-2 of the airport. “The actress was escorted out of the airport by the personnel of the central security forces and the Mumbai Police.
She was provided security right from the tarmac,” the official said. The 33-year-old actress has been provided Y-plus category security cover by the Centre. “She was escorted out of the airport from the domestic terminal gate. She was then taken to her residence in suburban Khar amid tight security,” he said. There is huge police deployment at her Khar residence, near which some Sena workers have gathered.